HOF broadcaster Hamilton dies at 88

Staff Report

Former Chicago Cubs broadcaster and Ford Frick Award recipient Milo Hamilton passed away Thursday. He was 88.

Hamilton worked for the Cubs from 1980 through 1984 and was tipped by Jack Brickhouse to be “the voice of the Cubs for years to come.”

He was released from his contract by the Tribune Company following a tense couple years next to Harry Caray, whom he had previously worked with in the St. Louis Cardinals radio both in the 1950s.

Hamilton is best remembered as the voice of Henry Aaron’s record breaking 715th home run off Al Downing in 1974 while working for the Atlanta Braves.

He would later remark, “Hammer and I are forever joined at the hip because of 715.”

Hamilton spent time in Pittsburgh, replacing longtime announcer Bob Price in the 1976 season, before joining the Cubs.

He received the Ford Frick Award from the Hall of Fame in 1992 and called ballgames for the Astros from 1985 until his retirement following the 2012 season.

Hamilton is survived by his son, Mark.

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